A former United Nations climate czar now is laughing at the suggestion of a globally centralized planning structure to address “climate change.”
Which is a little strange, since Christiana Figueres was the one who made that proposal just a few years ago.
Her latest reaction to the idea is being reported by Marc Morano at Climate Depot.
He approached her with a question on a sidewalk as she was getting into a taxi during the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, on Monday.
Morano reported he asked her about her message to President Trump and her own calls for a U.N. “centralized transformation” that “is going to make life of everyone on the planet very different.”
Morano: “What about [your call for U.N.] ‘centralized transformation’? What about people who might be afraid the U.N. is essentially going to be a climate central power?”
Figueres: Loud laugh.
Morano: “That is your response?”
Figueres: “Now that is real humor.”
She continued to laugh as she got into the waiting car.
But it wasn’t so long ago that she made the proposal.
According to the Tom Nelson blog, it was in 2012 when she said of her work, “It is the most inspiring job in the world because what we are doing here is we are inspiring government, private sector and civil society to [make] the biggest transformation that they have every undertaken.
“The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it wasn’t ‘a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective. This [U.N. climate change action] is a centralized transformation that is taking place because governments have decided that they need to listen to science. So it’s a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.”
Climate Depot said Figueres’ legacy “will be one of central planning, limiting development for the world’s poor, creation of climate slush funds, appeals to climate claims and ‘solutions’ that would make medieval witch accusers blush.”
She actually stepped down from her post in 2016 after the Paris climate deal, from which President Trump later announced he would withdraw the U.S.
Bloomberg News reported Figueres’ praise for China. She said the communist nation got it right on climate change, which was known as global warming until the warming ceased.
The report described her as calling the political divide in the U.S. Congress, which slowed climate change legislation, as “very detrimental.”
China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s “doing it right” when it comes to addressing climate change, Figueres said.
“China is also able to implement policies because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S.,” she said.
Figueres once described her responsibility to hype the belief that mankind is destroying the atmosphere, and thereby life on earth, as “sacred.”
“I fully intend my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be able to live on this planet. This job is a sacred responsibility. … Cumulatively we have already invested over a trillion dollars into renewable energies such as solar and wind but that is still far from where we need to get. We need to be investing a trillion every year,” she said.
WND reported earlier this year when Al Gore used the extreme results of “Superstorm Sandy” to support his contention that sea waters are rising significantly.
The claim is in the sequel to his 2006 movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”
The original movie wasn’t without controversy, as a judge in the United Kingdom said it could be shown to schools only if they alert students to nine statements “that are not supported by current mainstream scientific consensus.”
Now that the promotions for “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” have begun, critics have found yet another misstatement by Gore.
According to the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters, Gore claims in his films that the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy at the site of the Twin Towers memorial in New York City is a fulfillment of his prediction in his original movie that a rise in the ocean level would flood the site.
But that isn’t what happened.
In his 2006 film, he said, illustrated by an animation, “If Greenland broke up and melted, or if half of Greenland and half of West Antarctica broke up and melted, this is what would happen to the sea level in Florida.”
Then he showed animations of what he believed would happen to San Francisco, the Netherlands, Beijing and other places.
Turning to Manhattan, he said, “This is what would happen to Manhattan; they can measure this precisely.”
The animation shows water reaching the 9/11 memorial.
But Newsbusters argued Gore has twisted his original words to make it appear his prediction about Manhattan came true.
In a newly released clip from the movie, he said: “Ten years ago when the movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ came out, the single most criticized scene was an animated scene showing that the combination of sea level rise and storm surge would put the ocean water into the 9/11 memorial site, which was then under construction. And people said, ‘That’s ridiculous. What a terrible exaggeration.'”
The movie then shows news footage of Superstorm Sandy water reaching the memorial site.
See Al Gore:
Newsbusters pointed out the original prediction “was not about extenuating circumstances of a storm like Sandy slamming into New York or any ‘storm surge’ at all.”
“It was about the sea level rise that would be generated as (he predicted) ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica escalated dramatically.”
The report noted the latest maps show that Greenland still has ice 11 years after Gore’s prediction of catastrophic melt.
Even scientists dispute Gore’s contention that Superstorm Sandy was the product of “manmade climate change.”
Gore also told an audience in 2009, for example, that “the entire north polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.”
He also predicted increasing temperatures would cause Earth’s oceans to rise by 20 feet, a claim many scientists say is utterly without rational basis.
See those claims:
The new movie promotion says: “Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant – as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.”
Climate Depot said the intent now is not to discuss, investigate or research, but to send “a chilling message to doubters and skeptics” to be silent.
Morano said his movie, “Climate Hustle,” shows “the climate establishment comparing climate skeptics to Holocaust deniers.”
“It’s all an attempt to silence the debate, to silence any science and go right to centralized planning,” he said. “That’s what this is all about. The U.N. has admitted their goal is wealth redistribution and it doesn’t have anything to do with environmental policy.”
The solution offered by the climate establishment, he said, is always the same: “more centralized government.”
He said the result will be tragic for large populations who are being denied access to pumped water, power and heat because of antagonism to carbon-based fuels.
“The reason we know there’s a hustle is their predictions have failed to come true, on a whole host of issues,” Morano said. “That’s why they now want to stop the debate, suppress debate.”